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Bynum's Legacy Still Under Construction

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Do we think of him any differently this morning? Sure, it was one game. Sure, it was the Nuggets. And sure, some of the blocks didn't really look like blocks. But by tying the postseason record for blocks in a single game, did Andrew Bynum improve his defensive reputation? An NBA player's profile rests mostly on his play in the postseason, where seemingly small achievements can radiate out and define careers. This, of course, has very little to do with reality, but because the public doesn't see a player as too much more than a list of reference points, a feat like blocking 10 shots in a game can take on bigger, arguably undeserved dimensions. The answer to the question, "Can Andrew Bynum play defense?," will now always reference the...

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